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https://downloads.channel8.msdn.com/Default.aspx

For all of you students out there- microsoft will hook you up with free copies of a ton of EXPENSIVE software (full visual studio is $1k+) if you can verify that you're a student at a university in the US or a few other countries.

If your institution isn't on the list, US students can be verified through journeyed:

http://www.journeyed.com/itemDetail....rcCode=MSTOOLS

basically, add the $0 item to your cart and check out; you will then have the option of getting verified. They will then email you the stuff you need to download the software.

Countries currently in the program:

USA
UK
Canada
China
Germany
France
Finland
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Belgium
*Apparently more will be added soon*

Software available through the program:
Visual Studio '08 Professional Edition
Windows Server '03 Standard Edition
M$ SQL server '05 Developer Editon
Expression Studio
XNA Gamestudio 2.0
XNA Creators Club Online
Visual Studio '05 Professional Edition

I'm not the world's biggest Microsoft fan, but this is a pretty incredible offering. (Yes, I realize that they're just trying to get future developers hooked on their products.) Some of this stuff really has no substitute; for example, there is no 100% functional, fully featured .net or C# support from any non-Microsoft development environment.

This is rather old news, but I think that it could be very valuable to a great many people on this forum. I will try to keep this thread updated, and I will give it a more classy/permanent format as soon as I get out of this %@$* "computer organization" class.

regards,
Mark
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Eastern Illinois University isn't listed. :<
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Eastern Illinois University isn't listed. :<
Just do the journeyed thing, it will work. My school wasn't listed when I was taking my class and I got the link to download the software.
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Hm, this is not quite as good as the one University of Iowa gives us. Still a good deal, but I like my 3 free copies of Server 08
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Meh, I get a better discount with military appreciation and corporate partnership. :-P
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Better discount? this = free

I'm sure that there's lots of you guys that already have this stuff or have other special deals or w/e, but this is a free, legal way to get some really expensive tools that is available to a large number of people.
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Just do the journeyed thing, it will work. My school wasn't listed when I was taking my class and I got the link to download the software.
I really don't wanna give out any of my information to those who don't already have it. :-/
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I really don't wanna give out any of my information to those who don't already have it. :-/
I will for free stuff haha- anyone who steals my identity will be very disappointed in my credit and bank account

Seriously though, I understand that giving out your SS to a semi-sketchy will be concerning to people. I will either post a link to a list of schools that let you register with your student#, or I will create one here and keep it updated as more schools participate. I'm concerned that it might get a little long, though.

-Mark
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